This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
TOMORROW’S CLEANING SEPTEMBER 09
for training
THE CORRECT USE OF PRODUCTS IS FUNDAMENTALLY LINKED TO SAFETY, PRODUCT
Walter delivers sparkling performance
CLEANING “STUDENT” DENISE WALES, SITS IN WITH A CLASS OF CLEANING
SUPERVISORS TO WATCH WALTER MEAKIN, TRAINING OFFICER AT SELDEN RESEARCH,
AND FELLOW OF THE BRITISH INSTITUTE OF CLEANING SCIENCE, IN ACTION.
Walter Meakin engages his class with humour and we all nod in sympathy as he talks about product effective and as economical as
and a twinkle in his eye to match the sparkling the struggling female cleaner and her possible,” says Walter.
floors at Selden’s training centre. problems in the gents’ loos.
Soon the class is happy about ratios and
He captures his learners’ interest and more But Walter’s classes are not just motivational, confident they can use the Selden dilution
importantly, holds that interest while he talks they also pass on important messages for wallchart to pass on Walter’s pearls of wisdom
them through the importance of using cleaning everyone in the cleaning industry. “These to their colleagues.
products. That’s a tall order for Walter to people are working with chemicals and
We move on to Selden’s catering kitchen and
engage a class of supervisors with many chemicals must always be treated with respect.
discuss products. Walter opens bottles and we
years’ experience between them.
“For example, never mix chemical products.
all have a sniff. We look at labels, we ask
Walter’s job is to bring those supervisors up to That sounds simple – but it does happen and
questions – and we’re learning a lot. Then we
BACS standards, ensuring they are competent can have fatal effects. My learners are also
look at the various types of flooring at the Selden
to pass on their skills lower down the chain taught to add chemicals to water and not the
training centre and the best products to use.
when they return to work. “I want everyone who other way round.”
passes through the door of the Selden training
Walter, an engineer by training, has been
Walter is also something of a maths teacher as
centre to feel proud about what they do –
working for Selden for the past 10 years
he goes through the importance of dilution
to realise what an important job they have.
rates. He makes it sound so simple, but visually
He’s passionate about training and getting the
“Just think for one minute if we had no cleaners he demonstrates how easy it is to get it right.
safety message across to all cleaners.
in hospitals for example. They are carrying out We troop out of the classroom to Selden’s “I want to make cleaners responsible for their
an absolutely vital role, day in – day out and purpose built washroom and Walter fills up a achievements and I also
often for low wages and little thanks.” bucket with water and bounces questions want them to be proud
Walter makes his students feel good about
around. How do I know how much water is in about what they do,”
what they are doing. He motivates with humour
this bucket? How much product should I use? says the man with a
and inspires with tales from his time as a “The relationship between product and water is
twinkle in his eye.
cleaner. Over the years Walter has seen it all vital for safety reasons and also to make the
www.selden.co.uk
The future of our cleaning industry | TOMORROW’S CLEANING |
39
Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78